In next Tuesday’s Time Out Magazine, music editor Oliver Keens sits down with an official London Music Legend: Damon Albarn. A serial multi-tasker, best known for Blur and Gorillaz but also involved over the years with half a dozen other projects, Albarn is about to release his debut solo album, ‘Everyday Robots’.
For our cover feature, with exclusive portraits by legendary celebrity photographer (and fellow Leytonstone boy) David Bailey, Albarn discusses his life as an ‘average’ 46-year-old rock star with a teenage daughter. ‘Life is very different in my home,’ he says. ‘I’m not taken very seriously, in a good way. I walk around in my pants, which my daughter finds highly embarrassing. I’m just a normal, down-to-earth dad.’
Albarn recently disclosed a long period of heroin addiction in the ’90s, but denies in our interview that he regrets his history of drug use: ‘I don’t totally see it as a mistake! It was part of me growing up. Once I’d tried it, I found it initially very agreeable, and very creative.’ He also reveals a surprising hobby for the first time. ‘I’m actually really passionate about puppets,’ Albarn told us. ‘I had these puppets made of me when I was in Jakarta, so now I’ve got these ten puppets of me at home – and one of Barack Obama. I may turn it into a puppet show for kids… I’ve always said to myself that when my hair falls out, I’ll start doing puppet theatre.’